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ANTHONY BOURDAIN'S FAVORITE CHEF'S KNIFE 
According to Anthony Bourdain, in his documentary "Wasted: The Story of Food Waste," his go-to chef's knife is Global's G-2 Chef's Knife  $124.95  Bourdain says it's a great option for both beginners and experts. He's not the only person who is a big fan of this all one piecestainless steel tool; currently the knife has a 4.8-star rating on Amazon from over 500 customers. And he could cook a meal for twenty five with a plastic knife and fork from McDonalds... 


I DON’T LIKE METAL HANDLES PERIOD, BUT THIS IS A QUALITY KNIFE AND  SOME OF THE  IMITATORS, NAMELY CHEAPER CHINESE STEEL HAVE SOLID HANDLES WITHOUT NON-SLIP DOTS TO PREVENT SLIPPAGE,  THAT’S AN ACCIDENT LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAPPEN...



RACHEL RAYS FAVORITE CUTTING BOARD
ANOTHER kitchen necessity is a cutting board, and not all options are equal. For Rachael Ray, an extra-large cutting board with ample space for all your ingredients is key. Catskill Craftsmen's Cut N' Catch Over Sink Board $53.99

GOOD CHOICE FOR ALL AROUND USERS, AND I ALSO TEND TO LIKE BIGGER,  SYNTHETIC BOARD FOR VIGOROUS DISMANTLING OF TURKEYS AND HALF PIGS...


DAVID CHANG'S STUNNING POTS AND PANS

The mastermind behind the popular Momofuku restaurant group, Chang wrote that aluminum sets aren't a great choice. "Aluminum warps and scratches easily -- bad for your decor and your health -- so for other pots, you should treat yourself to Mauviel copper," he wrote.   And while tools from Mauviel aren't cheap -- its skillet alone will set you back about $199.95 and a full set is over $1,599.95  they do come with a lifetime warranty. It's an investment that many chefs swear by. 
MONEY SAYS HE’S NOT GIVING HIS LINE COOKS EXPENSIVE KNIVES AND 1599.00 DOLLAR PAN SETS AND I’M SURE FOR THE ENDORSEMENT HE RECEIVED SPECIAL PRICING ON HIS PERSONAL SET
AND MOST LIFETIME WARRANTIES DO NOT APPLY TO COMMERCIAL USAGE,
MY CALPHALON, TRAMONTINA AND ALL-CLAD SERVE ME WELL FOR 75% LESS...

 

 GIADA DE LAURENTIIS' FAVORITE SPOONS 

Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis is all about multifunctionality when it comes to her favorite kitchen tools. Two of her top choices that she singled out were spoons that can handle many different types of recipes. The first was the classic wooden spoon. "They're great for risottos or stirring anything on the stove, really, but put two together and you also have salad tossers," she said.

An Amazon best-seller and a favorite of over 1,000 customers is OXO Good Grips Wooden Corner Spoon and scraper $5.99. I HAVE THIS ONE

De Laurentiis' second go-to spoon in the kitchen is GIR's Silicone Ultimate Spoonula $13.99 "This guy can be used for something as simple as scrambled eggs but also for getting every last bit of cake batter from the bowl," said the chef. Not too shabby for 13 bucks. 
AGREED ON ALL COUNTS AND GIADA THE COUNTESS WINS IN THE LOOKS DEPARTMENT TOO... 

 

YOTAM OTTOLENGHI'S PROFESSIONAL MASHER

The secret to ultra-smooth mashed potatoes is all in the potato ricer, according to New York Times best-selling author and professional chef Yotam Ottolenghi. Ottolenghi's told The Guardian that Kitchen Craft's Master Class Deluxe Stainless-Steel Ricer and Juice Press ($33.13) is a device he can't live without, "For years I struggled with all sorts of mashers, then I found the Masterclass potato ricer. It fits in a drawer, it's easy to handle and clean, and creates a mega-smooth mash. I now use it for mashing all my root veg." It's an easy and hassle-free way to create creamy mashed potatoes, fish cakes and more. 

AGREED , I HAVE ONE AND NOTHING BEATS IT, BEWARE OF CHEAP IMITATIONS, MANY ARE FLIMSY...


DOMINIQUE ANSEL'S SERIOUSLY GOOD SCALE AND STAND MIXER 
When it comes to pastry chefs we adore, Dominique Ansel tops the list. Ansel, the brains behind Dominique Ansel Bakery and the cafe's delicious creations  told Food52 that two major devices he relies on daily are a digital scale and a sturdy stand mixer.

The scale, he said, is "so much more accurate" and more efficient for measuring, compared with a collection of cups and spoons. And the name of the game when it comes to baking is precision. There are many digital food scale options, such as Sur La Table's Stainless Steel Kitchen Scale $19.99 that are super affordable. 

Another product Ansel love's is stand mixers. These appliances help cut down on time and effort when you're preparing desserts. As he notes, "I've whipped creams and meringues with only a whisk and a sturdy forearm before, but after a while, it gets a bit painful.

While you can make cookie batter with a bowl and a spatula, a stand mixer allows you to really dive into more serious recipes (and it saves you from a muscle ache)."

One of the better-known appliances out there is KitchenAid's Stand Mixer  $279;  This gadget isn't just for the serious bakers. Stand mixers can also help you craft pastas, ice cream and bread dough with far less effort. 
AGREED ON BOTH COUNTS THOUGH I DO VERY LITTLE BAKING, BUT TO MAKE PASTA INDISPENSABLE...


 

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